Guides thank healthcare workers with keychains and cookies

What better way to thank healthcare workers in our community than with handmade keychains and Girl Guide cookies.

The Moose Jaw Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers, girls ages 5 to 17, have made 381 key rings that will be given to staff at the Dr. FH Wigmore Regional Hospital as a thank you for their service .

Moose Jaw leaders came up with the idea after Girl Guides in Melfort completed a keychain project during the pandemic for their healthcare workers.

“They posted it on one of our Saskatchewan guide pages and a group of us Saskatchewan women leaders saw it and thought it would be nice to do the same project locally in our own towns,” said Melanie Pilloud, one of Moose Jaw’s leaders.

The keychains have seven beads on them, representing the Seven Principles of Guiding Law, and a “hope” charm to also give recipients a boost of hope. A tag is attached to the key fobs that reads “We are sharing with you our guide which we hope will make your days bright enough.”

Guides recently dropped off some of the key fobs to select hospital staff, while others will be released to staff later this month.

During this time, the guides dropped off a secondary staff gift, a case of Girl Guide Cookies.

“We did two group sales, one at Safeway and one at the Town and Country Mall, and we had a lot of community members donate to us and so we took some of that money and put it there. put it in a case of cookies and then gave it to the hospital,” Pilloud said.

Pilloud said the guides had just finished their cookie campaign and only had a few cases left of cookies that could be purchased from members.

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